Harriet Miers steps aside

by Richard on October 27, 2005

This must be a blow to George Bush. Perhaps the only surprise should be that it has taken so long. After all, George seems to be the only one who thought her nomination was a good idea.

Update: Dean says:

It is my hope that Harriet Miers, by nobly putting her Nation and her President above her own personal ambition, would motivate George Bush to take this do-over opportunity to make a bold move to the right

Hmmm… It’s along the right lines, Dean. I could agree with you if you’ll replace “… to the right” with “… and step down himself”.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

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Ivan the Crank 10.27.05 at 9:52 pm

Finally, someone in the Bush administration with some intelligence, no matter how delayed the application of it was!

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Notthesun 10.28.05 at 5:53 am

My thought on the Harriet Miers withdrawal:

Do you see what happens when man who claims to be of God makes a choice that God doesn’t agree with?

God wins!!!!

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Mean Dean 10.28.05 at 11:56 am

Two things - not a blow to Bush politically, though he himself may think so. Second, no a step to the right is needed as we’ve all had enough of the judicial activism that has given us very bad Constitutional law like R.v.W

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Mark Byron 10.28.05 at 12:26 pm

The withdrawl isn’t a blow to Bush; the nomination and the battering of it from the right were the blows.

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Bene D 10.28.05 at 3:06 pm

Question.
Wouldn’t have the right delivered blows anyway?
Politics is an art of compromise, either end of the spectrum isn’t able to do that.

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John 10.29.05 at 2:50 am

No, Bene, I think that most of the Right (e.g. The National Review) would have enthusiastically supported a qualified strict constructionist. There was no papertrail to suggest that this was Miers’ judicial philosphy, and a fair amount to indicate that it wasn’t.

Anyway, I think that a lot of conservatives were angry at having an in-house crony foisted on to the court on general principles.

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Mean Dean 10.30.05 at 4:46 am

BD - one other factor that Krauthammer makes so much better than I can - the Supreme Court is a major league think tank, where scholarship and incredibly deep thought takes place.

As John aptly put it, there is no paper-trail to indicate Ms.Miers, as talented as she may be as a defense attorney, has the intellectual gravitas to swim with these sharks. Most who do have such talent have written much, spoke much and debated much by the time they get to the age and career stage that Miers is at.

I also think conservatives will settle for orgininalist like Thomas if they couldn’t have a strict constructionist like Scalia.

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